The Washer Men of Cowie Colliery

The Polmaise Colliery exhibition continues at the Smith.  This photograph is from Cowie Colliery, located in Bannockburn.   It opened in 1894, ten years earlier than Polmaise, and closed in 1953.The image dates from the 1920s and is of the men who tended the machines which washed the dust from

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History in a Tram Ticket

An amazing amount of history can be contained in a single small piece of paper like this tram ticket, the only one of its kind in the Smith collections. The Stirling and Bridge of Allan Tramway Company operated from 1874 – May 1920, and although there was a tram with

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Simon Bolivar, The Wallace of South America

The Stirling Smith collection contains many treasures, some of which have seen better days and are in need of major conservation work. Many are anonymous, like this ‘Portrait of a Man in Uniform’. When it was published in the Public Foundation Catalogue of paintings in public collections it was recognised

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Dougal Graham Stirling’s First War Correspondent

Dougal Graham (1724 – 1779) the Raploch Rapper, Poet, Chapman, and Stirling’s first war correspondent sits in effigy in the Stirling Smith. On Friday 22 May at 7.30pm, writer and fellow poet John Coutts will brought him to life again when the Riverside Drama Club’s production of “A Chapman Calls”

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Art Demonstration by Rosanne Barr

This weekend is the annual Festival of Museums, and to celebrate, the Stirling Smith is hosted a free demonstration at 2pm on Friday 15th May, by award-winning artist and local girl Rosanne Barr. Rosanne, who is now Vice President of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists, was educated at Balfron

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The Sir William Wallace Grand Lodge of Scotland Free Colliers

The Mining exhibition at the Smith continues, and on Friday at 2pm, historian Ian Scott will speak on the history of the mining community in Central Scotland and the Sir William Wallace Grand Lodge of Scotland Free Colliers. Falkirk is the last home of this organisation, where they are known

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The Boy Scout, 1957

This statuette in cast aluminium alloy, varnished in brown and with gold highlights is one of several items donated to the Stirling Smith by the late Dr. Ken Mackay (1931-2014). Ken was a life-long Scout, and the trophy was presented to him for his services to the 54th Dundee Scout

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Tantalising Textiles Exhibition

This exhibition by the Turning Point group of textile artists, is on at the Stirling Smith until Sunday. The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is fortunate to be the home of the Neish Collection of British Pewter. The textile artists have taken the Neish Collection as a source of

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The Victimised Miners of 1984-5

In 1984, when Polmaise 3&4 Colliery was threatened with flooding through non – use, four miners went underground to prevent this, through a three day sit-in. A press photographer, given access by the National Union of Mineworkers, went underground and took this photograph. Left to right are miners Jim O’Hare,

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Counting the Cash – The Stirling Smith Bank Note Collection

  Two of our volunteers, Ben and Rachel have been working on scanning and documenting our bank note collection. Apart from local banks we also have notes from the American Revolutionary war 1771 – 1783 and the American Civil war; 1861-1865.  Collecting mementos of war in the form of notes

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